Rachel Anderson directs Families respected, a task of this Center for Public Justice.
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Should Churches Accept Federal Help?
Example by Michael George Haddad
AMERICAN CHURCHES HAVE long harbored suspicion of particular forms of federal government help.
Throughout the 1930s, clergy stressed that federal relief would supplant the churchesвЂ™ role in regional communities and undermine their status. Theologically, state and church usually are seen as rivals. State overreach can cause dangerous kingdom, a false idol, or threats to freedom that is religious. Church overreach can court theocracy. The U.S. Constitution calls for the federal government to walk a careful (and quite often ambiguous) line between allowing freedom that is religious avoiding its establishment.